Metal and Timber Structures Course code: MDK1 | 5 ECTS credits

Basic information
Level of Studies: Undergraduate applied studies
Year of Study: 2
Semester: 4
Requirements: Completed pre-exams in the following courses: Mechanics and strength of materials and Statics of structures 1
Goal: The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic elements of structures made out of metal and timber, so that they qualify for the elaboration of the project design and execution of structures made of these materials.
Outcome: The course contributes to the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for the vocation of the academic program Civil engineering because it enables students to understand basic elements of metal and wood structures which are common for the practice of design and execution of construction facilities.
Contents of the course
Theoretical instruction:
  1. Course content. Historical background. Classification. Use. Advantages and disadvantages.
  2. Steel and steel products.
  3. Production of steel. Properties. Classification. Marking. Products.
  4. Basics of calculation. Loads. Diagram of tightening. Allowable stresses. Comparative stress.
  5. Mechanical fasteners (1). Classification. Rivets.
  6. Mechanical fasteners (2). Bolts. Preloaded bolts.
  7. Tension member splices (1). Classification of splices. Tension member splices designed to transmit all the moments and forces to which the member of part is subjected at that point.
  8. Tension member splices (2). Tension member splices designed to transmit maximum moments and forces to which the member of part is subjected.
  9. Welding (1). Concepts. Types of welding. Types of seams and joints. Gutters. Seam errors. Marks.
  10. Welding (2). Design and calculation of welded joints.
  11. Introduction to timber structures.
  12. Course content. Historical background. Classifiction. Use. Advantages and disadvantages.
  13. Timber and timber products.
  14. Wood. Wood properties. Monolithic wood. Plate products. Protection.
  15. Basics of design.
  16. Loads. Mechanical properties. Allowable stresses. Permissible deflections.
  17. Dimensioning of a elements. Axial Tension. Axial Compression. Buckling. Bending. Bending with longitudinal force. Shear parallel and perpendicular to the fibers.
  18. Mechanical fasteners. Classification and Bearing resistance. Nails. Screws and pins. Dowels.
  19. Constructionof joints and splices.
  20. Classification. Carpentry joints and splices. Tension member splices. Notched joint. Other joints.
Practical instruction (Problem solving sessions/Lab work/Practical training):
  1. The content of technical instruction transferred into practical application through exercises and practical exercises in teaching bases.
Textbooks and References
Number of active classes (weekly)
Lectures: 2
Practical classes: 2
Other types of classes: 0
Grading (maximum number of points: 100)
Pre-exam obligations
activities during lectures
activities on practial excersises
seminary work
Final exam
Written exam
Oral exam